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Messi Blows His Chances Leaving Ronaldo In The Clear

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was about the only person who can stand between Cristiano Ronaldo and his European and World Player of the Year titles. Kaka claimed both titles last year, with Ronaldo beating Messi to the European honour, whilst Messi finished ahead of Ronaldo in the World competition.

If there was any doubt over whether Ronaldo was going to win both awards, it surely has been confirmed in his favour today.

In Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Malaga at the weekend, Messi was caught on camera spitting at his opponent Duda. This disgusting act went undetected by the referee, meaning Messi escaped a red card.

“That kind of things should not happen,” said his manager, Josep Guardiola, “we are going to prevent it from happening again.”

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  1. denton davey says:

    So what ? Lots of players need to clear their throats. My guess is that a large percentage of the “voters” in these polls are just bureaucrats who may have played footie when younger but now have settled in to their administrative lunchs. These guys vote on reputation – in that sense, Ronaldo’s long, long, long flirtation with Madrid this summer (or should it be vice versa ?) kept his name in the news and gave him the cachet of being linked with the Fascists who, “everybody knows” are the world’s biggest football club.

  2. Chris says:

    I think you missed the point where it stated he spat at an opponent, not just on the floor…

  3. Red-Manc says:

    Spitting on someone is lowest of the low its disgusting, id rather take a punch in the face than have someone spit on me.

    Didnt think Messi was like that to be honest he seemed a decent bloke, he’s a world class footballer and if he wasnt injured so much and Ronaldo hadnt been unstoppable last season, he would have a better chance of winning it.
    Messi’s skill and technique is better than Ronaldo’s, when we played Barca last season he was their only player who looked dangerous everytime he got the ball he was close to creating something, he ran the show for barca. Ronaldo deserves the award this time round because he’s been so important to us and produced some classic moments and goals;)

    Viva Ronaldoooo

  4. SteRDLK says:

    Was it Frank Rijkaard who spat in Rudi Vollers hair?

    Must have picked up the habit from him

  5. Tevratov says:

    Does anyone remember ronaldo picking his nose then rubbing his hand on nuno gomes’s head?

  6. DariusC says:

    New link for the vid

    Disgraceful. Not sure if it would have any baring on the player of the year awards tho.

  7. PeteV says:

    Messi should consider it an honor to sniff Ronaldo’s jockstrap.

  8. Mic says:

    Urgh, grim, why spit? What fools, I remember when Flabbyass spat on Ballack, I hate Ballack but spitting in someones face is just disgraceful.

  9. Bob Koh says:

    Remember John ‘England Captain’ Terry spitting on Tevez while pretending to wipe his dirty mouth with his sleeve at the CL Final?

  10. Kings says:

    Messi mastered that through attending the El-Hadji Diouf school of spitting.

  11. suhayl says:

    yep viva john fuckin spitting bastard terry….fuckin prick

  12. denton davey says:

    Messi joins a long list of expectorators – Totti, Diouf, and the disgusting John Terry are only the most recent examples of this form of sportsmanship.

    I still haven’t seen the Messi incident get the play it deserves so I would imagine that very few of the voters for these awards will know about it.


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